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Britpop pioneers The Happy Mondays to reunite
Legendary Manchester "Baggy" combo The Happy Mondays are set to join the reunion crew, following in the footsteps of such recently reunited Britpop acts as Pulp, The Stone Roses and Blur.
Formed in the 1980s, the dance-rock hybrid act helped spawn the "Madchester" scene and influenced other local bands such as the Stone Roses and Oasis. They originally disbanded in 1992, after several well-received albums and singles.
Though the band has appeared on stage in various configurations in recent years (including a set at the 2007 Coachella festival), the founding brothers Shaun and Paul Ryder haven't played together in 12 years.
"The rumours are true," a statement posted on Quietus reads. "Happy Mondays, the seminal Manchester band who changed musical culture forever has reformed and will be available for select live gigs across 2012."